Modern Marvels

Season 14 Episode 42

Most Shocking

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 10, 2007 on The History Channel
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It strikes without warning and kills in an instant. We fear its might even as we use it to save a life. Explore the electric shock in its numerous forms.
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      • During the 1980s, a NASA lightning research project flew an F-1068 jet into 1,000 thunderstorms. Despite 700 lightning hits, the plane's exterior experienced little damage, while interior electronics suffered only minor harm.

      • According to the National Safety Council, your odds of being killed by an electrical transmission line during one calendar year are approximately 3,000,000 to 1. Over the course of your lifetime, the odd diminish to about 40,000 to 1.

      • Since 1946, nearly two dozen New York City transit workers have been electrocuted by contact with the third rail across the city's 842 miles of subway system.

      • Chances of surviving cardiac arrest diminish 10 percent as every minute passes. So what happens when the victim is flying at 30,000 feet? Unites States federal law requires airliners to carry an external defibrillator, leading to a 40% survival rate increase for cardiac victims caught in transit.

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      • Narrator: It strikes without warning and kills in an instant. It can shatter a plane, drive a train and even raise the dead. Few forces on Earth compare to the raw power of an electric jolt. So be afraid, very afraid, because now it's Most Shocking, on Modern Marvels.

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